The Goin’ Ons

Life. Is. Good.

Okay, that’s vague, let me go into a bit more detail.

This may be the best year of my life, thus far. On June 3rd, I found out I passed my math course… which means I get to finally graduate! My ceremony is on Tuesday, and I am beyond thrilled.

When I found out, I had a moment of disbelief, followed by shock and excitement. As soon as I realized no one was punking me, I started laughing and crying. It was, by far, the greatest day of my life. I had to call everyone. I called my Mum first.

“Why are you crying?”

“I just graduated!”

I called everyone that meant something to me though. Mum, Dad, Mistress, Tophat, Ginger, Friendly Giant, Kitty, my Uncle Redneck… I even called my Aunt, after she got back from Africa.

Needless to say, I’m beyond excited, and I can’t wait for the ceremony. I worked my butt off to finish that class, and I thought I had failed. I DIDN’T!

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The Ex broke up with me in April, but I’m glad, as cruel as that sounds. It’s given me the power to be myself and be happy.

I started hanging out with someone from high school. Someone I liked a great deal, in high school. I recently found out he liked me in high school too; go figure, right? It’s been a lot of fun. After not seeing him for years, it was like being at home. We’re gonna call him Viking. He awoke something in me I didn’t know I had. I like him all over again.

Vikings are cool.

Speaking of Vikings, have you seen the show? Floki is amazing. I call him real life Rafiki. 🙂

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About 3 years ago, my buddy Awesome-o disappeared from my life. His girlfriend at the time absolutely despised me. I’m still not entirely certain as to why. I liked her and was always nice to her, but she did some really screwed up things. She even went as far as to write a cruel letter and say it was from me! I would never do that! It pissed me off, but… he randomly messaged me like, “hey, you probably hate me, but…”

I never stopped being his friend. I just wasn’t allowed to talk to him.

I’m glad we get to talk again.

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On Friday, I went out with The Vacuum. We drove around a bit, then went to a park. It was dark, so we almost didn’t go, but me being me, I always carry a flashlight, so in we went.

I’m not entirely sure what the plan was supposed to be, but we came out into a field and just laid there, talking and looking at the sky. Unfortunately, it was cloudy, so we didn’t see much, but the full moon did come out for a few minutes, so that was neat.

At some point, we fell asleep. Yes, in the field.

We woke up and went home. We were frozen. That was neat.

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Yesterday, we played D&D. We haven’t played the original campaign in months, so it was great fun. I’ve grown a little bit disconnected to my character though, because we haven’t played in so long. But there’s so much I want to do with her.

I kept rolling 1s. It was bad.

We played until quite early in the morning, and I fell asleep a few times, just because I was exhausted.

Friendly Giant and I ended up getting to my house for 6am. The whole way home was nothing but talking in strange voices, growls, and Russian accents… then we laughed maniacally. …only to turn to each other and realize we’re probably insane, and probably belong in an asylum.

It was fun though.

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Today is Father’s Day. My Dad and I don’t get along so well, but sometimes we do. He’s being a butthead today though. But… I care. Just wish we did things like we used to.

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imPress Manicure VoxBox Review

Recently, I received a VoxBox in the mail.Image

Inside, was a bunch of manicure stuff from imPress Nails.Image

I’ve never been one to use fake nails, and I’ve never gotten a manicure either, so I thought that applying these was going to be a nightmare. It was really easy, so easy that I could do it myself. You know how with fake nails, you have to use glue, wait for it to dry, and so on? With these, you peel and stick.

Now, for whatever reason, I don’t have a picture of the after product, but I do have a video, so I’ll attach that at the end.

Peeling the “sticker” off of the back of the nail was a bit tricky, but I think that’s because it said to be gentle… I wasn’t gentle. I just pulled from the tab instead of the side, because it was easier for me.

I also had one other complaint: they need bigger sizes! 

I don’t have very long nails; in fact, I bite them off, but some of the nails weren’t long enough to cover my whole fingernail. Most of them were, but I had trouble with my thumbs and pointer fingers.

Over all, the product is really cool, and means you don’t have to go get a manicure (I know I’ll be using my other one for graduation… I’ll post a photo then), it’s super easy to apply, and they’re really sturdy so they don’t feel like they’re going to rip or break off. Another plus is that they don’t hurt to remove. And yes, you might want to remove them – they last a really long time!

I peeled 8 of mine off because I couldn’t play guitar properly with them on. The two that are left still look fantastic.

I would buy this product myself if they could make some longer sizes.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Steps

When life becomes overwhelming and you feel as if you’re lost amongst the shadows, there’s a few things one should keep in mind. I’m still learning.

  1. Know you can stand on your own. You don’t need anyone, even though it is nice to have.
  2. Continue to do things you enjoy. It’s your life, might as well live as close to how you want as possible.
  3. Stop living in the past! This is a big one. Things happened that you wish didn’t, but they did, so deal with it and move on. Things will occasionally still affect you, but the more you acknowledge that, the easier it will be to throw them in the trash. It made you who you are today.
  4. Set a goal and stick to it. If you feel as if your life is lacking purpose, find something to do. Take a class, learn how to play an instrument, or make it a goal to go somewhere new. Whatever it may be, keep your mind set on it.
  5. Be proud of who you are! Sometimes it’s easier to talk about the negatives than it is the positives, but if you’re happy with who you are as a person – great! If not, change it. Unbeknownst to many, I actually LIKE who I am, I just tend to have not-so-great days  where I don’t want to see it anymore.

Mix all of this in with the fact I’m taking my medication again and don’t feel depressed whatsoever, we have a bunch of fantastic opportunities ahead of us, and there are good people around us to share in the joy.

Prost.

Now let’s just pretend we’re celebrating and drinking together, k?

Glad

You know what I’m happy about?

The fact that yesterday’s over.

Now I can get back to being my lonely, bitter self instead of being hopeful just to be let down.

I’m 22 now. Here’s to facing another year of whatever this thing called life is.

Well, here’s a huge shout out to my awesome family, my best friend Kitty, my furry (and scaly) friends, and my Boyfriend (believe it or not, even his family)! The only people that seem to matter now.

Happy Birthday, S. You made it through the worst day of the year. Sleep on, sleep on.

ChoPeaOa Bars

I had to give it an interesting name, right? *cough* It just stands for chocolate-peanutbutter-oatmeal. Not so exciting.

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I haven’t written since January something, so it’s been a while, but life sometimes gets the better of you. I’ve been experimenting with recipes and have had a lot of success (as well as some failure), and I remembered I had these photos on my phone (so excuse the quality!) that I took along the way for this, so I thought I’d share. I think I was waiting to show you what a cut piece look like… they got eaten too quickly (6 times…), maybe next time. Scratch that, apparently I did have a picture, it’s just not the best, and I decided I wanted to use a weird frame… oh well, you get the gist for now.

Chocolate and peanut butter, anyone?

What do you need, what do you need?

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups quick oats + a bit
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I usually have semi-sweet on hand and it’s delicious, but milk would probably be better)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (use whatever you want, I just wouldn’t suggest a natural one, as they’re very oily)

You know, it’s been very windy here the past few days. The rest of North America seems to have snow and ice, and all sorts of dreadful weather. Here, here it’s just been windy and rainy. We actually got hail a few days ago, that was neat.

What to do, what to do?

  • Grab a 22x33cm (9x13in) pan and grease it. Butter it, oil it, spray it, put parchment paper in there… whatever you prefer to do.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the oats, butter, and sugars. Next time I make these, I want to try adding honey instead of so much sugar, not just because it’s sugar, but because honey is delicious. It should be kinda crumbly.

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  • After you mix it, you’re going to want to press it flat into your pan. I like to use the back of a spoon

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  • Bake it at 180°C (350°F) for about 15 minutes, or until it’s golden brown (err, more golden brown?).
  • As that’s baking, melt your chocolate and peanut butter. It doesn’t really matter what method you use. You can melt them in a microwave, a double broiler, or if you’re like me, use a bowl over a pot of boiling water, just remember: don’t let the water touch the bowl!

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  • After everything melts, your result should look something like the picture above.
  • After your oat mixture comes out of the oven, you’re going to want to spread the chocolate mixture over it, as evenly as possible. I like to let it cool on the counter for a bit, then set the pan in the fridge. If your pan is still really warm, I suggest using a hot pad before you put it in your fridge. I’ve found what works best is letting this set at least 12 hours, so I tend to make it after dinner and leave it in the fridge until morning, which is usually enough.

And… there you have it. They’re pretty simple to make, easy to store, and a great snack… just don’t eat too many, they’re incredibly rich. 😉

Enjoy, and happy baking!

Apple Crisp

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How do you salvage apples that are starting to go bad? You make apple crisp, of course! …then steal a piece while it’s still really hot… shhh.

I think apple crisp is a recipe everyone should have in their arsenal. It’s one of my favourite things to eat, whether it’s hot or cold, and the cool thing is you can control how sweet it is based on your personal taste. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium sized apples (despite what recipes say, you can use any apple you like, cooking time will vary)
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ½ cup + 1 Tbsp softened butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

*Optional*

  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup +  1 Tbsp softened butter
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ all purpose flour

Directions:

  1. You’re going to want to core and slice your apples. You can peel them if you’d like, it’s all a matter of taste! Then throw them into a casserole dish. If you’re picky about browning like I am, before you start cutting your apples, fill the dish with cold water and a bit of salt, no more than a teaspoon though, you don’t want them to taste like salt!
  2. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F).
  3. Optional: Coat apples with white sugar and half a teaspoon of cinnamon
  4. In a medium-large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, oats, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix with your hands. *Note: If you’re doing the optional part and adding a crumble bottom, you’re going to have to make this twice. You will either double the recipe and eyeball half of it on to the bottom, or use two mixing bowls, put one half on the bottom, and the other half over the apples. If you’re doing the bottom, make sure to use butter or some sort of spray to stop sticking* Sprinkle evenly.
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes, uncovered, or until apples are soft.
  6. Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes before serving.

You can eat this hot, cold, room temperature, with ice cream, whipped cream, or whatever your heart desires. I didn’t use much sugar so the apples would be the main focus. I also used a bit more oats for the crumbly part… I always add extra though, I enjoy it more that way.

And don’t be afraid, because apple crisp is easy peasy. It’s almost impossible to mess up. 

Try it! And enjoy!

Disclaimer: Friendly Giant, do not attempt this. I will gladly make it for you, but make no attempt to use the oven… 😛